Offensive matchups for Texas A&M football vs. ULM
The defense for the Warhawks doesn’t do a whole lot well, but they have racked up quite a few TFLs in the first few games—12 tackles for loss and 5 sacks already. They did a decent job of defending against a difficult scheme in the West Point triple option system, holding Army to only 13 points and forcing a whopping five turnovers. Ball security by receivers and backs as well as good decisions by Weigman when he’s throwing will be key for the Aggies when they are going up against this ULM defense.
The Warhawk defensive line, as you might expect, does not quite stack up, measureable-wise, to the Aggie offensive front. The tallest impact DL that ULM boasts is only about 6’3″, whereas each of the Aggie offensive linemen are at least 6’4″. It doesn’t look like any of the Warhawk defensive front break 300 pounds, either. Still, though, scheme can beat a pure size advantage if executed correctly and intensely, so the Aggie front will have to watch out against the Warhawks, who will run a similar level of twists and stunts to the New Mexico defense (though not quite as exotic) in an attempt to equalize the disadvantage their players face against this huge offensive line for Texas A&M football.
Still, though, this is a defense that has been very efficient in preventing scoring thus far in the season. The Warhawks kept Army out of the end zone on offense (their lone touchdown was an interception return) and didn’t let Lamar score until early in the fourth quarter. They’re not a super efficient down-to-down defense, and have allowed a few too many third down conversions, but as Aggie fans know, there’s something to preventing an opponent from being efficient when it comes to scoring.
That said, if Weigman is given time, the number of favorable matchups the Aggies have over the corners for ULM is considerable. Louisiana Monroe doesn’t have a single player that can match up with an Evan Stewart or Noah Thomas, or even a backup like Jahdae Walker. I think the Aggie QB will be able to spread the love in a fashion similar to what we saw in the first game, and Petrino can mix in enough of the ground game to get the faltering rushing attack for the Aggies going headed into conference play.